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What if Marketers Got Paid By Commission?

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Imagine for a second that you run a sales division. Now imagine that your team’s goals are to show up for work, respond to emails, write compelling messages to their prospects and complete projects that their chain of command likes. The metrics they own are superficial, like how many emails answered, how many calls made and so on.

Do you think revenue would suffer with this approach?

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Don't Let Big Data Keep You Up at Night

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Massive amounts of data is zooming around online and through the airwaves -- data that could help your small business accomplish a great many things. But just because it's there doesn’t mean you have to worry about ALL of it. You just need to focus.

Although the Internet of Things is upon us, hovering over the Interwebs like some humongous alien spaceship, big data concerns don’t have to keep you awake at night if you own a small business. Why, then, do you have a nagging feeling that it should?

The Key to Analytics for the Masses

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When organizations discuss how to drive value from big data, they often focus on improving the customer experience through big data analytics. But they face a challenge here: Many of the employees who actually interact with customers are not sophisticated consumers of analytics.

Cashiers, call center agents and front line sales people rarely have analytics backgrounds or skills. And these same employees usually have little desire to dive into analytics.

So what’s an organization to do?

Like Windows? Docker Does, Too

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Server-based applications built for Linux and packaged in Docker containers will be able to run on a Windows platform. 

This a result of Docker Inc.’s release today of its Docker 1.6 package, which features a Windows-based Docker client console contributed to the project by Microsoft itself.

The importance of this development may not be self-evident, so I’ll explain: For several years, the Linux operating system has been able to run on a Windows platform by way of virtual machines (VMs). 

But beyond the ability for a developer who happened to be using Windows to test her work in progress in a Linux environment, there was little other value to this.

3 Steps to Help You Wrangle Your Big Data

Here's a sobering thought: 65 percent C-Suite executives surveyed concede they risk becoming irrelevant or uncompetitive unless they embrace big data. At least that's the conclusion of a study by CapGemini and EMC.

Pratibha Vuppuluri – founder and CEO of on-demand research and analysis firm, KeyInsite – agrees.

“We’ve been seeing some of our clients waking up and talking about making sense of the data they’ve collected,” she said. “A large part of the wave we’re noticing regarding analytics trends is that those companies with agile, lean, nimble platforms have higher ROI and conversion.”

To give some guidance to executives who understand the urgency – and opportunity – that big data presents, but are still struggling to dip their toes in, Vuppuluri offered three recommendations about how to take the next step.

Birst & Tableau: The BI World May Not Be Dog Eat Dog

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No one makes data shine brighter than Tableau. It’s why the BI vendor stands so far above the crowd in Gartner's BI and Analytics Platforms MQ Leaders report.

Think of Walt Disney answering some of your most pressing business questions. There’d have to be a picture, and you’d probably even be able to interact with it.

That’s what Tableau gives you: Answers in vizzes and tools that invite you to play with your data. Maybe Tableau’s magic has something to do with the fact that one of the company’s founders, Pat Hanrahan, once worked for Pixar and has won two Academy Awards for Science and Technology.

So it’s no wonder that Gartner BI Challenger Birst showed an interest in hooking up with Tableau. Today the vendors announced a “partnership” in the form of an ODBC connector that makes it easy for their mutual customers to leverage Birst’s data extraction and normalization engine with Tableau.

Turn Your Data Into Smart Data

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Experts have proclaimed the end of the big data bubble for a few years now. Yet more and more companies want to be analytics-driven with analytics-oriented departments to take full advantage of the exponential growth of data points.

It's reported that marketers will spend an estimated $11.5 billion in 2015 on data and related solutions alone. Marketing, advertising and sales success hinge on back-end activities like analytics, collection and governance to predict and influence outcomes that impact the bottom line. 

To harness and convert data into stronger business strategies and overall profitability, approach data practices with a holistic integration of people, process and technology, following three key steps: collection, strategy and alignment.

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DataStax + HP Moonshot Show Off at SpringCM

It’s a good time to be a NoSQL database vendor. You don’t have to tell Matt Pfeil that. As the co-founder of DataStax, which brings Apache Cassandra to the enterprise, he’s living the story.

What started as an eight-person team in a rented office in San Mateo, Calif. in early 2011, DataStax now serves 500 customers in more than 55 countries and makes its home in a 36,000 square foot space.

And that’s not all. Pfeil and his co-founder Jonathan Ellis have raised $189.7 million in venture capital to grow their company. It’s now valued at more than $830 million.

But that’s not what the DataStax team was supercharged about when we spoke last week. Instead Pfeil had his company’s partnership with HP Moonshot on his mind. It was announced earlier today.

“In the past DataStax Enterprise hasn’t always worked well with smaller servers,” said Pfeil. “HP Moonshot changes that.”

Microsoft's Power BI Gets Mobile Muscle

Shortly after Satya Nadella took the helm at Microsoft, he began talking about a “data culture.” Two of his favorite tools —Microsoft Delve and Power BI — are supposed to be key in helping us live and work smarter.

The Microsoft boss has told us this over and over again.

And given that we live in an increasingly mobile-first world, being able to glean intelligence via our mobile devices is a must. So it should come as no great shock that Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Datazen, an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices.

Hey Cloudera & MapR: Open Data Platform is the Real Deal

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If you thought the Open Data Platform (ODP) was just a bunch of hype, think again.

This morning at the Hadoop Summit in Brussels, three big data crunching giants — Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal Software — are making big news.

The three will announce that their Hadoop platforms are all standardized on identical versions of Apache Hadoop 2.6, as well as Apache Ambari, and available on the market. The aforementioned configuration is known as ODP.

“We’re all shipping the same version,” Anjul Bhambhri, vice president, Big Data and Streams at IBM, said during a pre-release interview.

Pivotal Gets Open Sourcier

You can’t help but wonder if EMC Federation boss Joe Tucci is reaching for his stress ball today. His company’s spawn, Pivotal Software, is open sourcing the core of GemFire, its distributed in-memory database.

We asked Tucci to comment, but he hasn’t gotten back to us yet. And though his press spokesperson told us “we’re for it,” when it comes to open source, we suspect that it might feel a bit like watching your teenager turn your mansion into a commune.

EMC spinoff VMware (a part of the EMC Federation) paid good money for GemFire (it was called GemStone at the time), after all, and it’s hard to imagine that Tucci is elated about releasing it to the Adobe Foundation for incubation, where the code is open to all and free for the taking.

Harness the Power of Intent Data for Predictive Marketing

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We are in the middle of a marketing revolution. With technology that makes it possible to get insight from all different types of data, it’s no longer about being just a modern marketer -- it’s about being a predictive marketer.

As marketers, we can put data science to work to better predict which prospects and customers are most likely to buy, and when, to target the best prospects with powerful, personalized messages.

But not all data is created equal.

Will Enterprises Come to the Domo BI Party? #Domopalooza

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The former Omniture chief who sold his company to Adobe for $1.8 billion brought his new organization out of stealth mode this week.

He claims American Fork, Utah-based Domo offers the "world's first business management platform."

Josh James said Domo will help companies get "meaningful value from business data" and collaborate better. The move comes less than six years after James sold Omniture.

Domo has been in stealth mode since 2010. But it went public this week at Domopalooza in Salt Lake City.

Now the provider is targeting companies who buy technology to easily access business critical data.

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